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Brief Background

Located in Quebec, Canada, McGill University is a public university established in 1821. The college has two campuses: Montreal's downtown campus and Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Macdonald campus. The two campuses are about 20 miles from each other. Its primary campus is in downtown Montreal at Mount Royal. About one-fourth of the student body is international, with learners coming from over 150 nations. University accommodation is available in both the campuses for undergraduate and graduate students. The university is affiliated with various teaching hospitals, its medical school is the oldest in Canada. More than 40 McGill study centres which include the McGill Centre for Bioinformatics, the Centre on Population Dynamics and the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and other associated institutes and hospitals conduct research at the college. One of the study achievements connected with the university is the development of the first artificial blood cell. Montreal also won the first place as the world’s most student-friendly town in 2017 QS Best Student Cities. 


The university offers state-of-the-art infrastructural facilities such as the new open-concept Life Sciences Complex and the high-tech Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT). McGill is home to more than 100 study institutes and centers associated with eight Montreal hospitals. It has 10 faculties and colleges that offer around 300 research programs in agricultural and environmental sciences, arts, dentistry, education, engineering, law, management, medicine, music, and science. The McGill University Library has 13 branches or subject libraries including the Rare Books & Special Collections Department, which holds about 350,000 objects like books, manuscripts, maps, prints, and a general collection of rare books. The Osler Library of the History of Medicine is Canada's biggest medical history library and one of the world's most significant libraries. The Redpath Museum houses interesting collections on Ethnology, Biology, Paleontology, and Mineralogy / Geology with a unique emphasis on pathology.

Residing Options

Residence accommodation is guaranteed by mid-June for students admitted to the first year and is provided after that time period on a first-come, first-serve basis. The university provides on and off residential services for all graduate and undergraduate learners. The available residence facilities are:

  • Greenbriar and Hutchinson Residences for returning Upper year students.
  • Laird Hall and Eco Residences for Undergraduate students (Macdonald Campus)
  • Different Residence Options for Exchange Students
  • MORE Houses and Apartment style options for Graduate Students

The cost of accommodation provided by the university ranges from $10,000 to $19,000.

Financial Aid

McGill acknowledges the difficulties that international students can face while learning away from home and therefore provides various financial aids to students. The Scholarships and Student Aid Office guarantees that there is financial support for skilled learners from any geographic area to join and finish educational programs at the University. It administers need-based financial assistance programs for future and present undergraduates, as well as present Canadian, US, and foreign graduate students. Students in need of additional economic help are provided modest loans and bursaries. Other available aids include Tuition Payment Deferrals, Government student aid programs, Work-Study Program, Emergency loans, Frugal Scholar Money Management Program, PBEEE, Quebec Foreign Student Merit Scholarship, PGSS Bursary program. 

Jobs and Placements

The McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS) assists students in their career development and search for permanent, part-time, and summer employment, and internships by offering workshops, one-on-one advice, a comprehensive work posting service, and an extensive Career Resource Centre. Its graduates are highly sought after by employers, with the following percentages of graduates either pursuing education or employment two years after graduation:

  • 81% of art graduates
  • 95% of engineering graduates
  • 91% of medicine graduates
  • 84% of science graduates
  • 92% of all PhD respondents  

BEng / BE; MS and doctoral degrees are among the most common degrees which recruiters look for among the graduates.  McGill University; Bombardier; SNC-Lavalin Inc.; IBI Group, Inc.; IBM Canada Ltd. and CIBC are among McGill University's top recruiters. Software Developer; Project Manager; Software Engineer; Project Engineer; Operations Manager; Mechanical Engineer; Marketing Manager are the most popular jobs that the graduates are offered with.


Montreal is a big town in the southwest of Quebec's Canadian province.  In 2012, QS University Rankings named Montreal as the 10th best location in the globe for a university student. McGill University has excellent airport connectivity on the highway from all sides. The nearest major airport is Montréal / Saint-Hubert Airport (YHU / CYHU), which is 18 km from McGill University and has national flights from Montreal, Canada. Another major airport is Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL / CYUL), which is 21 km from McGill University and has global and national flights from Montreal, Canada. The university can be readily accessed by bus, vehicle, taxi or shuttle from these airports. There is a free bus service to and from McGill for students coming from Sainte-Foy, Trois-Rivières and Gatineau. Students can also use a government bicycle sharing system called Bixi Bikes. The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) 747 Express runs a bus to McGill University from Montreal (YUL) every 10 minutes, and it takes 25 minutes to get there. Every four hours, VIA Rail runs a train from Ottawa (YOW) to McGill University, and the trip takes one hour and a half. The OPUS card is a rechargeable metro card that is an excellent instrument for those who may not reside close campus or plan to regularly (or even semi-regularly) use the metro system. The vibrant cultural scene of Montreal, high-quality universities, competitive tuition and excellent job prospects have made the university a wonderful place to study.


Established in 2012, the Bioengineering Department is the latest department to join the prestigious Faculty of Engineering at McGill University. The main focus of the department is on three primary directions: biological materials and mechanics; biological materials and mechanics; biomolecular and cellular engineering; and biomedical, diagnostics and high throughput screening. Bachelor of Engineering is offered by the department, together with graduate degrees. Students at the Masters and PhD level are engaged in cutting-edge studies across a multitude of areas including biological materials and mechanobiology, motor proteins and the cytoskeleton, biosensors and biological therapeutics, and computational biology.

  • Areas of Research: Cell mechanics and changes in disease; Soft matter physics; Single-molecule biophysics; Tissue engineering; Mechanotransduction; Biological microfluidics devices, such as fungi, cellular traffic; Dynamics and control systems in biology; Use of nanomaterials in medicine; Information processing and storage in biological systems; Vaccine design and production to meet global health challenges; Computational biology

Chemical Engineering

The Chemical Engineering Department trains students to be excellent and well-rounded technicians by fostering excellence in studies and innovation. It is home to 17 known faculties that contribute to the training of worldwide talented learners. The department provides undergraduate and research-based Master's and PhD degrees as well as professional degrees that prepare engineers and researchers to address the real-world issues of today. The Master’s (MEng) degree is available in with and without thesis options. All the Master's programs within the Chemical Engineering Department consist of coursework and study. The programs have been developed to accommodate learners with various science backgrounds and career objectives.

  • Areas of Research: Advanced materials and polymers, biomedical engineering and biotechnology, environmental engineering, energy, and plasma sciences and engineering. 

Civil Engineering & Applied Mechanics

Civil engineering remains a centre of excellence in teaching and study at McGill. Currently, the Department has 15 full-time faculty members, about 350 undergraduate and 80 graduate students, nearly one-third of whom are females and one-fifth from outside Canada. The department provides learners with the following specialization fields for its accredited Bachelor of Engineering degree: environmental engineering; Geotechnical engineering; Water resources engineering; Structural engineering; transportation engineering. The Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics provides courses and study possibilities leading to the following graduate degree programs: PhD; Master of Engineering, MEng (Thesis and Non-Thesis Option); MEng in Environmental Engineering; Master of Science, MSc. MEng is available to learners with a Bachelor of Engineering degree, and MSc (thesis) is available to learners with a Bachelor of Science degree or with degrees related to other relevant non-engineering fields. Civil engineers are often hired as technical experts after graduation and become managers and policy makers with growing expertise. Employment possibilities vary from working on contract projects for individual firms such as consulting firms or building firms to working on projects commissioned by municipalities or government agencies overseeing sectors and communities. Many engineers also discover careers in working with financial institutions in their funding projects or set up their own businesses.

Electrical & Computer Engineering

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department provides an efficient interface with the industry sector, both locally and worldwide, and offers training and research that meets industry requirements. ECE provides four undergraduate degrees in Electrical Engineering; Honors Electrical Engineering; Computer Engineering and Software Engineering. It also provides graduate programs leading to a Master of Engineering (Thesis or Non- Thesis) or Doctor of Philosophy. The research facility of the department gives excellent assistance to graduate learners who seek to undertake research in one of the ten departmental study fields.

  • Areas of Research: Bioelectrical Engineering; Computational Electromagnetics; Intelligent Systems; Integrated Circuits and Systems; Nano-Electronic Devices and Materials; Photonic Systems; Power Engineering; Software Engineering; Systems and Control; Telecommunications and Signal Processing

Mechanical Engineering

In a 2009 listing released by the U.S., McGill Engineering was ranked 18th among the top engineering schools in the world. The Mechanical Engineering Department offers learners with a chance to participate in countless extracurricular activities including Formula SAE, McGill Robotics, and the McGill Rocket Team. The departments also boast of powerful links with the McGill Institute of Aerospace Engineering (MIAE) and the Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED), which provide possibilities for learners to take part in internships, workshops and case studies. Academically, McGill also fosters contacts with universities within the country as well as overseas providing students with the chance to pursue study-exchange programmes with these universities. It also has a vibrant Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE) program that allows learners to conduct research in their laboratories. In brief, possibilities extend beyond the realm of academics. The department provides Aeronautical Engineering and Design alternatives for the undergraduate program Regular and Honors. It also provides graduate degrees such as Master's (Thesis or Non-Thesis) and PhD programs along with special programs like Master's Aerospace and Master's Manufacturing Management. Graduates are also involved in professional communities such as the CASI (Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute), the SAE (Automotive Engineers ' Society), ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), and multiple campus organizations.

  • Areas of Research: Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics; Biomechanics; Combustion and Energy Systems; Design and Manufacturing; Dynamics and Control; Materials and Structures; Vibrations, Acoustics and Fluid-Structure Interaction
  • List of Labs: Acoustics Research Group (Virtual); Aerodynamics Lab (Physical) ; Aerospace Mechatronics Lab (Physical); Alternative Fuels Laboratory (Physical); Biomechanics (Physical); Biomimetic Materials Laboratory (Virtual); Cardiovascular Engineering Laboratory (Offsite); Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (Virtual); Computational Aerodynamics Group (Virtual); Fluid-Structure Interaction (Physical); Heat Transfer Laboratory (Physical); Manufacturing and Process Management (External); Laboratory for Microsystems and Nanosystems (MEMS/NEMS) (Physical); Architected Materials and Advanced Structures Group (Virtual); Robotic Mechanical Systems Laboratory (External); Shock Wave Physics Laboratory (Physical); Space Flight Dynamics Lab (Virtual); Structural Dynamics and Vibration Laboratory (Virtual); Structures and Composite Materials Laboratory (Physical); Systems Optimization Laboratory (Virtual); Vibrations and Hydrodynamics Laboratory (Physical); Design Studio; Machine Tool Laboratory; Measurement Lab; Mech Lab

Mining & Materials Engineering

The Department of Mining and Materials Engineering educates and trains its students to be the best engineers for the materials and mining industries by offering high-quality programs and research. The department currently offers two undergraduate programs (B.Eng.) in a) Materials Engineering and b) Mining Engineering. Both are accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) and are co-operative, meaning that they need the students to acquire 12-16 months of compulsory work experience prior to graduation. Most of the research is performed by graduate students at both the Master’s (M.Sc. / M.Eng.) and PhD levels in industrially-relevant projects. Industrial collaborators include Rio Tinto, Barrick, BHP Billiton, Teck, Glencore, Vale, Pratt and Whitney Canada, Novelis, ArcelorMittal, Hitachi, Hydro-Quebec, the Canadian Space Agency, Natural Resources Canada, the National Research Council, to name a few.

Pure Sciences

1. The Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences Department is Canada's largest group of atmospheric-oceanic sciences universities. It provides both undergraduate and graduate academic programs covering a wide variety of subjects, ranging from raindrop microphysics to worldwide circulation trends observed in the environment and oceans. As part of undergraduate research, it provides 5 programs. There is a mixed Major with Physics and a Liberal program in addition to Honors, Major and Minor in Atmospheric Science. All of these programs are the components of the B.Sc. degree. The Master's and PhD programmes are a part of graduate studies. The Department also offers an intensive, one-year program in theoretical and applied meteorology to B.Sc. or B.Eng. graduates with a firm hold over physics, applied mathematics or other appropriate disciplines, leading to a Diploma in Meteorology degree.

2. The Biology Department provides various degrees in Biology: B.Sc.-Bachelor of Science: BASC-Bachelor of Arts and Science. The Department also coordinates B.Sc. Minor in Biotechnology and the Minor in Science for Arts students. It also provides graduate training with a special focus on Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation, Evolution, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Cell and Developmental Biology, Behavior, Neurobiology, Plant Biology and Bioinformatics in many fields of biology. Graduate programs that lead to M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees are also available. There is an emphasis on developing the intellectual and technical abilities needed for independent research in both of the programs. A thesis embodying the outcomes of original research is the primary requirement of both degrees. Option Programs are available in the following areas: NEO (Neotropical Environment); MSE (Graduate Option in Environment) -*Not offered in 2018-2019; (BESS) Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainability Program.

An intensive teaching and research environment in the chemical sciences is provided by the Department of Chemistry at McGill University. Honors, Majors, Minor, and Liberal BSc programs in Chemistry are offered at the undergraduate level. It also provides a study course for both M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees. The study program involves a balance of course work and research. McGill Chemistry PhD graduates go on for outstanding postdoctoral positions, academic positions, and research scientist positions across North America and Europe in industrial and government study labs.

3. The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences applies the principles of physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology Dealing in the study of planetary processes and environments. A number of Bachelor of Science alternatives and Master of Science, Graduate Diploma or Philosophy Doctor may be pursued by the students. Majors, Minors and B.Sc. are undergraduate degrees programs. The M.Sc. and the department's Ph.D. programs are research-based but involve a course work to guarantee that learners acquire a strong understanding which will enable them to conduct research. 

4. The Geography Department allows the students to gain wide exposure to the ways of evaluating many of the modern society's environmental and situational issues. The department is a part of the Faculty of Science and provides B.A., B.Sc, & B.A.Sc., Masters (M.A. & M.Sc.) and Ph.D. degrees.

5. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers a full range of undergraduate programs and courses through the faculties of Arts, Science, and Management. Master’s and Doctoral programs in Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics and Statistics are available to students wishing to pursue graduate studies. Undergraduate degrees include: B.A. / B. Sc. In Honours Mathematics; Honours Applied Mathematics; Honours Probability and Statistics; Honours Statistics and Computer Science; Joint Honours Mathematics and Computer Science; Major Mathematics; Major Mathematics and Computer Science; Major Statistics and Computer Science; Minor Mathematics; Minor Statistics; Liberal Program - Core Science Component Mathematics; Liberal Program - Core Science Component Statistics;  Major Conc. Mathematics (B. A.); Minor Conc. Statistics (B. A.); Minor Conc. Mathematics (B. A.); Supplementary Minor Conc. Mathematics (B. A.).

6. The Department of Physics offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. The two main undergraduate programs in Physics are the Honors and the Major. The two joint honors, one in Mathematics and Physics and the other in Physics and Chemistry, are more specialized and demanding. There are also a number of other major programs offered by the department like: Atmospheric Sciences and Physics, Physics and Computer Science, Physics and Geophysics, and Physiology and Physics, offered jointly with other departments, and a Minor program in Electrical Engineering, available only to students in the Physics Major program. In addition, there is a Minor in Physics and a core Physics component of the Liberal Science Program for students less interested in specialized education. In both the Major and Honors programs, there is a concentration in Biological Physics that keeps a strong core of foundational physics and specialize through adding courses in biology, mathematics, physiology, computer science and chemistry. 

Annual fees for Indians $19,000
Annual off-campus living $5,200
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